OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Invasive species discovered in Washington (NBC Nightly News)

OSU’s John Chapman and Jessica Miller are featured in this piece about Japanese tsunami debris washing up on the Washington State coastline.

How videogames change the brain (Scientific American)

Recent research by Christopher A. Sanchez, an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychological Science, has shown that playing popular ‘first-person-shooters’ such as HALO can not only improve one’s ability to think spatially, but can also help students learn science topics. (subscription only for full article)

Newport to host wave energy test site (Northwest Public Radio)

A statement from Oregon State University says a site yet to be selected about five miles from shore will test devices for generating potential and environmental impacts. Completion is expected to take several years.

Danger lurking in your tank (Medical Daily)

Scientists from Oregon State University found that a “disturbing” number of ornamental tropical fish in the U.S. are already resistant to antibiotics.


Webinar: TAC.FM, with Mark Dinsmore (TAC) & Stevon Roberts (TAC/CTL). Drop in on our Friday morning TAC Technology webinars. Each week we will take a look at technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Check out our program offerings, topics and show notes at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/tacfm. Fri. Jan. 18, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMRxa

Music a la Carte: OSU Trumpet Choir. Noon, Jan. 18, MU Lounge.

Interfaith prayer service: A time for prayer and reflection with community members from varied spiritual, religions and philosophical backgrounds. Jan. 18, noon to 1 p.m., MU 206.

Sound and Fury: Film and discussion. Jan. 18, noon to 2 p.m., 202A Kerr Admin.

“Alpine Environments and the Changing Climate:” Join us for an interactive public discussion with four of Oregon’s top climate historians and scientists in the Memorial Union Journey Room on Jan. 18, 2 p.m. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/shpr/

End-of-an-Era Celebration: After many years at the helm of Bing’s Café, Carol Lenz is moving to a part-time position at McNary Dining as a first step in her transition to retirement.  Please join us on Friday, Jan. 18, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at McNary Dining Center as we congratulate her and share stories of her unique customer service style.

Russian play: The OSU/Corvallis Russian Troupe presents its 18th Russian-language show titled “Shakespeare in Hollywood.” Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. Tickets sold at door. Adults $12, Senior/Students $8, children younger than 12 free. Synopsis in English available at door or electronically: vreneli.farber@gmail.com


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: Honor King’s life and choose from eight community projects. Registration required at http://oregonstate.edu/cce/MLK Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., check in at McAlexander Fieldhouse.


Holiday: No class Monday. OSU Today will resume Tuesday.

31st annual Peace Breakfast: Join to honor and reflect on King’s revolutionary work. Tickets available at the MU Business Office or on site, $6 students, $10 non-students, kids under 5 free. Jan. 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m., MU Ballroom.

Birthday party for Dr. King: Jan. 21, 2 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

Upcoming Events

NEW: Sign the pledge: Reaffirm your support for non-violent social change. Jan. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MU Trysting Tree Lounge.

NEW! Webinar: Powerpoint Multimedia II, with Mark Dinsmore (TAC). In this second part of the series we will look at how to convert older PPT presentations to the current version. We’ll examine other techniques to compress and optimize your presentation for presentation and distribution. Tues. Jan. 22, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMYJf

NEW! Socratic debate: “The Socratic Club at OSU is sponsoring a debate, “Does Morality Require God?” on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Milam Auditorium.  Speakers are Michael Gurney of Multnomah University and Austin Dacey, philosopher and writer.  The debate is free and open to the public.  A live stream will be available for viewing at http://live.oregonstate.edu/

NEW! Candlelight vigil: Meet at the Black Cultural Center for a candlelight walk to the Memorial Union steps. Jan. 22, 7 to 11 p.m. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center.

NEW! Library workshops: The OSU Libraries Winter 2013 Grad Student and Faculty Workshop series continues with sessions on The Literature Review (1/22, 1/23), Exploring the ICPSR Datasets (Jan. 22), and Intro/Advanced Zotero (Jan. 24). Register for these sessions (and additional offerings) at http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Questions?  Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

CL@SE Winter Social: The Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) invites OSU faculty interested in Latino-related research to its first Winter Social event to enjoy a drink and hors d’oeuvres on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Come engage in conversations with colleagues with similar research interests and learn more about our work.

“How to Compost in Your Department” Luncheon: Register for this free luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 23, noon to 1 p.m., to learn about the options you have to compost food scraps in your department. You can reduce waste during the national RecycleMania competition, and year-round! Campus Recycling can provide you with all the supplies you need to get started. Register here by Tuesday Jan. 22, 2 p.m., if you would like lunch provided.

Teaching and Learning Symposium: OSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning invites you to the first full-day Teaching and Learning Symposium. Session topics range from “Getting Your Students to Do the Reading” and the “Pedagogy of Hope” to the teaching and assessing of critical thinking. See a full schedule of events and session descriptions, then sign up for one workshop—or two—or even all the day’s events. Jan. 30, 9 a.m – 3:30 p.m. in the MU. Learn more and register Here: http://bit.ly/U29SY4

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Iain Cheeseman, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, will present a seminar “Generating a dynamic kinetochore-microtubule interface” on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

NEW!  Fish and wildlife seminar series: “Use of genomics to detect and understand the spread of introgression from introduced rainbow trout into native westslope cutthroat trout,” presented by Fred Allendorf, Regents Professor Emeritus, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana. Jan. 23, 4 p.m., Nash Hall Room 206.

News for Employees

Manager training: OSU managers and supervisors are invited to attend a 2-Day Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors program (http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/core), scheduled for March 11 and 12 (8-5 daily). The session is sponsored by Training & Organizational Effectiveness and is free. Up to 16 hours of prerequisite online training is required, so sign up early.Register by email to Leigh Larkin at leigh.larkin@oregonstate.edu before Feb. 15.

Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Spring 2012-13 Solicitation (Fall, Winter or Spring 2013-14 Release). The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Feb. 18.

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2012-13. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Submission Deadline: Feb. 25.

Buy Orange Contracts: PaCS has recently put in place new contracts on furniture, flooring, and industrial supplies. Furniture has grown from 2 to 28 manufacturers, flooring has grown from 1 to 12 manufacturers, and Grainger was recently added for industrial supplies. Visit the Procurement and Contract Services’ Buy Orange website at: http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/buyorange for information on these contracts, ordering procedures, price discounts, and vendor contact information. For additional information, contact James Figgins at 541-737-6995 or James.Figgins@oregonstate.edu

Charitable Drive: The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. The 2012 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs through Jan. 31. You can consolidate all of your normal charitable donations into an easy monthly payroll deduction, and still give directly to the organizations of your choice. Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/to give online or send your personalized form to 2012 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

Library Undergraduate Research Award: We encourage all faculty to nominate their outstanding students for these two annual $1000 awards. To be eligible, students must have written their papers or completed their research projects as part of their course work at OSU during the 2012 calendar year. The application deadline is Jan. 31. View the eligibility, evaluation criteria, and application requirements at http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/undergrad-research. For additional information contact Cheryl Middleton, Associate University Librarian (Cheryl.Middleton@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8527).


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) invites applicants for a full-time, Purchasing Analyst 3- Construction Contracting position. Posting #0010102. Closes Jan. 18.

Banquet Manager, OSU Catering, University Housing and Dining Services. Filling one F/T Professional Faculty position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Salary range of $38,000 – $43,000 and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Posting #0010092. Closes Jan. 18.

Manager for Campus ID Center. F/T position in OSU’s Office of Business Affairs. Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree and five years of supervisory experience. Posting # 0010113. Closes Jan. 21.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Library Technician 1 position for the Library at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # 0010131. Closes Jan. 25.

Program Rep 1- Insurance Specialist – Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Insurance Coordinator- Program Representative 1. Posting #0010140. Closes Jan. 28.

The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Business Analyst position. Posting #0009924: Closes Jan. 28.

The Department of Horticulture is recruiting for a full-time Department Head faculty position. The individual in this position will be appointed at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor with tenure. Posting #0009980. Closes Jan. 31.

Systems Development Engineer-Business Solutions Group-The College of Business is recruiting for a full-time, 12-month, Professional Faculty position. Posting #0010042. Closes Jan. 31.

Instructor – The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term Instructor for the Forestry Field School. Posting #0010016. For full consideration by Jan. 15. Closes Jan. 31.

Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Instructional Design Specialist position. The Instructional Design Specialist is a professional faculty member who provides knowledge and creativity in enhancing the development and design of learning modules; hands-on instructional design support for faculty developing courses interactive learning modules; and consulting support to maintain a future-oriented vision for development. Posting # 0010130. Closes Feb. 3.

The School of Psychological Science invites applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor.  Posting #0010153. For full consideration apply by Jan. 30. Closes Feb.  6.

The Oregon University System, Treasury Operations Division, is seeking a full-time Treasury Operations Coordinator. For a complete job announcement and application requirements, please visit http://www.ous.edu/about/employment/. Closes Feb. 11.

Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is recruiting for a full-time, tenure-track, Associate Professor faculty position. The individual in this position will develop and lead a hospitality management program to be offered at OSU-Cascades. Posting #0009798. Full consideration Nov. 30. Closes Feb. 15.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a .75 FTE 12-month, or full-time 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor faculty position.  Posting #0010127. For full consideration by Feb. 28. Closes Mar. 30.

INTO OSU is recruiting for Human Resources Manager. Primary duties include performing generalist duties in a human resource manager role, with additional office administrative tasks. Salary is $50,000 to $55,000 plus benefits. Position is open until filled. For a full description and/or immediate consideration, reply to the link https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=5018712

Traffic and Maintenance

Cordley Hall Parking: A portion of the parking lot west of Cordley Hall will be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 14-19 to accommodate staging for the crane associated with the new elevator project.


Corvallis: As we head into our MLK holiday weekend, this morning’s freezing fog will soon disappear as temperatures rise to 40. The low tonight will be 28. Much the same pattern will repeat throughout the three-day weekend.

Central Oregon: It will be sunny and in the low 40s all weekend, with nighttime temperatures dipping into the low 2os.

Newport: Highs will be in the mid 50s this weekend with lows in the mid 30s. Sunny during the days with clouds toward the evenings.

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